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Tools of the Trade

Short-focus magnifying lens
Short-focus magnifying lens
Short-focus magnifying lens
Wide-angle lens
Wide-angle lens
Wide-angle lens
Engraver’s loupe
Engraver’s loupe
Engraver’s loupe
Leather strip
Leather strip
Leather strip
Graver
Graver
Graver
Vignette stones
Vignette stones
Vignette stones

Look carefully at the tools pictured above (you can click on the images to zoom in). Describe what you see. How do you imagine these tools are used?

These tools are used to create a special kind of artwork called engraving. Skilled artists use these tools to design postage stamps. The artists use the tools to cut a picture into a metal plate. The metal is then covered with ink and pressed onto blank paper in order to print a stamp.

What tools do you use when you work on an art project? How are your tools similar or different to the tools pictured here?